Well the topic of this discussion is pretty clear for the title.
I actually think about this quite a lot. What does make a classic, a classic? Who decides? Can there be new classics? Will there be any books we see as modern, new releases now that may be in the “classic” genre in years to come?
Like I said, I think about this a lot.
So what makes a book a classic? Let’s discuss!
So according to Google, “A classic book is a book accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy.”
But to me that just seems rather vague, does it not?
I mean, what I see as noteworthy in a book could be entirely different to another person.
Is it down to opinion?
Do we as readers decide for ourselves what we see as a classic?
I mean, I would see a classic as being a book written years and years ago, that was popular, or controversial. The sort that are studied in classrooms all over the country and essays are written about. The Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre type books.
But I also think that there’s “modern classics” – my main examples being The Lord Of The Rings and Narnia books. And one day I definitely think Harry Potter will be in the classic genre. How can it not, when so many hundreds of thousands of people have read it?
I actually quite like to think about the books that might be considered classics in the far future. If any I’ve read would make that list. I mean, imagine a day when people who have read and loved Harry Potter will seem really well educated in literature, like people think with the usual classics now. That’s something I’d like to see.
So, what do you think makes a book a classic?
Is it the time period it was written? The author? The story itself? It’s popularity?
Or something else?
Are there any books that you think will fall into the classic genre in the future, like I do with Harry Potter?
Are there any books you think should be classed as a classic, but aren’t?
Share your thoughts and join the discussion in the comments!
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